Meet the Masters!

October 3, 2023 by | Events

LAWRENCE SHER Oct. 9 | 7 p.m. | DMAC Screening Room A-list cinematographer Sher (Joker, The Hangover) is the force behind ShotDeck. The Oscar nominee is now working on Joker: Folie à Deux. NATASHA LYONNE Oct. 10-11 | Distinguished Visiting Artist The star of such acclaimed shows as Orange Is the New Black, Russian Doll and Poker Face will spend two


Working with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad

March 7, 2024 by Ruthie Weeks | Events

Nadia Murad is many things. A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. The founder of Nadia’s Initiative. The author of her memoir, “The Last Girl” and one of Time magazine’s 2024 Women of the Year just to name a few). Murad’s incredible accomplishments are plentiful and admirable, though they barely scratch the surface of the strong woman I was privileged


Celine Song shares her past lives at Master Class

March 3, 2024 by Nicholas De Lucca | Master Class

Two days into the COVID-19 pandemic, Celine Song’s play, “Endlings” was brought to a sudden halt. Song’s theater approached her about a potential Zoom performance, but she had seen enough attempts from others to know she would decline. Soon after, the experimental theater director would develop her most ambitious piece yet to adapt to the


Hi, Barbie!: America Ferrera visits Dodge for Master Class

February 28, 2024 by Molly Rose Freeman | Master Class

America Ferrera has been ready for her Oscar since she was five years old.  The actress and activist has been making headlines as a key part of Greta Gerwig’s smash hit “Barbie” — nominated for eight Academy Awards, including a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Ferrera. Her career has spanned over two decades, and it


‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Billie Eilish and Finneas (‘Barbie’)

January 8, 2024 by Scott Feinberg | Master Class

The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg’s recaps his December Dodge College conversation with the Oscar- and Grammy-winning sibling singer/songwriters. During that chat in the Folino Theater, the duo took questions about their path to music, why they love writing songs for movies and how their latest song, “What Was I Made For?,” came to be.  


Scholarships Awarded at WIE Breakfast Gala

December 18, 2023 by | Kudos!

At The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment breakfast on Dec. 7, three incoming Chapman students were presented with fully supported scholarships thanks to the contributions of The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation; The National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada; and CAA’s Bryan Lourd and his daughter, Billie Lourd, in honor of Carrie Fisher.


Four Chapman Alumnae Earn Emmy Nominations

December 15, 2023 by Staci Dumoski | Alumni

Four talented Dodge College of Film and Media Arts alumnae are Emmy Awards nominees for their work on some of television’s biggest shows including “Ted Lasso,” “Beef,” “Jury Duty” and “Entergalactic.” Their contributions will be in the spotlight in when the awards take place in January. #75thEmmys


Oliver Stone Keeps it Candid at Master Class

November 22, 2023 by Nicholas De Lucca | Master Class

In his Folino Theater conversation with Dean Stephen Galloway on Nov. 13, three-time Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone brought a wealth of filmmaking wisdom, an honest outlook on his past and a cornucopia of blunt assertions regarding media propaganda, foreign politics and American history.


King of comedy Judd Apatow returns to Chapman University

November 8, 2023 by Molly Rose Freeman | Master Class

On Oct. 25, after a screening of his 2015 romantic-comedy “Trainwreck,” comedic filmmaker Judd Apatow had a chat with Professor Jill Condon on the stage of the Folino Theater in what was his second stint as a Dodge College Master Class guest. He previously spoke to the Chapman community via Zoom in 2021.


Chloé Zhao reflects on career during Dodge Master Class

November 1, 2023 by Cameron Scherer | Master Class

In director Chloé Zhao’s experience, crafting a film doesn’t always involve elaborately designed productions and nuanced planning. Sometimes, determining a take is as simple as seeing how someone responds to being filmed on an iPhone. Such was the case when she utilized non-professional actors in her Academy Award-winning film “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand.


Alumni Spotlight: David Ruby, Film Production ’15

October 31, 2023 by | Alumni

Before landing his current job, David Ruby worked at HBO Max, Fox and 3 Arts Entertainment, where he honed his skills and furthered his interest in comedy development. Now a creative executive at Netflix and responsible for buying, developing and overseeing original adult animated comedy series, he credits his Chapman education for preparing him for


Veteran Disney animator presents his latest short film

October 23, 2023 by Cameron Scherer | Events

Veteran animator and director John Musker has co-directed, with creative partner Ron Clements, some of Disney’s most acclaimed films from the Disney Renaissance, including “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin” and “Hercules.” On Oct. 11, Musker, an Oscar nominee for directing “Moana,” presented his latest short film, “I’m Hip,” to an appreciative audience at Dodge College.

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